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New Mosque in Germany creates Controversy Print E-mail
by Tom Pauken    Mon, Jul 9, 2007, 10:18 AM

A major controversy has erupted in Cologne, Germany, over plans to build a large mosque there. According to Reuters, the proposed Mosque would be the biggest Muslim center in Germany: “The plan calls for a mosque with prayer space for 2,000, a high glass and concrete dome and two tall minarets in the Ottoman Turkish style.”

DITIB, a branch of the Turkish government’s religious affairs authority will have its offices next to the Mosque.

A Turkish spokesman is quoted as saying that “there are 120,000 Muslims in Cologne, the largest number in any German city.”

Most of the Muslims residents of Cologne are Turkish immigrants.

The leader of the Catholic Church in Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, has expressed concern about the building of the mosque which he says “would change the skyline of Cologne” and is a project which gives him “a bad feeling”.

One of the concerns expressed by Christian leaders in Germany is that while Muslims can build large mosques in their country, Christian minorities in predominately Muslim countries like Turkey have few rights to practice their faith freely.

Their concern is well-placed.

For example, the Supreme Court in Turkey recently denied the juridical authority of the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, who is viewed as the head of the Christian Church in the city which once was the Christian capital of the East.

Sandro Magister points out that the recent ruling of the Turkish Supreme Court continues a pattern of discrimination against Christian minorities in Turkey:

“In Turkey, the Orthodox community, just like the Catholic community, continues to have no juridical personality; the bishops and religious authorities are not recognized, the seminaries are closed – including the theological school of the patriarchate on the island of Chalki – and the patriarch of Constantinople is required to be a Turkish citizen.

This withholding of the most basic rights from religious minorities is in clear contrast with Turkey’s desire to be admitted into the European Union. On Pentecost, one month before the sentence from the supreme court, Bartholomew I again asked for complete freedom:

‘We want not only the freedom to celebrate our rites within our churches, but also the recognition of all of our civil rights, as these are recognized for our Muslim brothers and countrymen in Turkey. The same rights that our Muslim brothers enjoy, rightly, in Europe.’”

The rights that Bartholomew was seeking from the courts in Turkey were denied him by the Turkish Supreme Court in its latest ruling.

Christians need to defend the rights of our fellow religious believers to practice their faith in Muslim-dominated nations. We need to end this one-way street of Muslims having equal rights to Christians in Europe and the United States while Christians are denied even basic religious liberties in many Islamic-dominated nations.

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written by Steve Heath , July 14, 2007

If Western style nations choose to depopulate by not promoting marriage and family, and choosing not to have kids, they need to learn how to run their society without having to import large amounts of Immigrants whose culture is different from their own - or accept the inevitable consequences of choosing unrestricted immigration as a source of cheap labor.

I don't think the people are choosing this -it is more a choice of government policy and large globalist businesses for whom national borders mean nothing. I think lots of Americans would have liked to have had more kids who would have formed a source of our labor pool; however, with rotten public education, high taxation, incredible costs of healthcare, etc., etc. who can afford to have kids these days?

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